Rehabilitation Agencies provide physical and occupational therapy,
speech and language services, and social or vocational adjustment services in
an outpatient setting to individuals with disabilities or impairments with the
goal of upgrading their physical functioning.
Rehabilitation services are provided in
Rehabilitation Agencies by physical and occupational therapists, speech and
language therapists, social workers and vocational counselors. Each
patient has a written plan of care for services that include diagnosis and
prognosis of condition and a treatment regime intended to enhance and increase
a patient's functional abilities.
Along with providing services, Rehabilitation
Agencies are responsible for maintaining treatment equipment, a sanitary and
comfortable treatment environment and confidentiality of clinical records.
Rehabilitation Agencies are not
licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but may be certified for
participation in the federal Medicare program.
Medicare pays for services provided by Certified
Rehabilitation Agencies who voluntarily seek and are approved for certification
by the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS contracts with the Pennsylvania Department
of Health to evaluate compliance with the federal rehabilitation regulations by
periodically conducting unannounced surveys of these agencies.
After review and acceptance of the application materials and notification from CMS of the approval of the CMS-855A, the Department will conduct a survey before recommending the agency for Medicare certification.
To view materials needed for an on-site survey, click here.
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